Birthdays: King Phillip III of Spain, Christian Huygens, Arnold Toynbee, Sir John Gielgud, Menachem Schneerson- the Grand Rabbi of Chabad, Papa Doc Duvalier- Haitian dictator 1907, Robert Doisneau, Rod Steiger, Loretta Lynn, Morton Sobotnick, Frank Serpico, Pete Rose, Julie Christie, Kenneth Mars, Anthony Michael Hall, Steve Martin is 66, Sarah Michelle Geller is 39, Adrien Brody is 43.
1871- Canada set it’s currency in dollars, cents and mills.
1883- Leopold Delibes’ opera Lakme premiered in Paris.
1956- In Redwood City, Cal. Charles Ginsburg, Ray Dolby and Charles Anderson demonstrated the first videotape recording machine. They were going then for a mere $75,000 each.
1960- The musical Bye Bye Birdie opened on Broadway.
1962- Bob Dylan recorded “Blowing in the Wind”.
1963- Beatle George Harrison was impressed by an unsigned rock band he just heard called the Rolling Stones.
2008- Ollie Johnston, the last animator of Walt Disney’s Nine Old Men, passed away at age 96.